Re: viruses?

From: Eugene Leitl (
Date: Mon Jan 24 2000 - 20:58:01 MST

Elizabeth Childs writes:

> And that's an interesting question, because we may some day have the power
> to do it. And if the answer is "no," then it would be in human being's

Do you have a practical proposal for that (destruction of all
viruses)? And wouldn't the technology for that (if indeed viable and
selective (melting Earth's crust is certainly not selective)) make wet
biology profoundly obsolete?

Postbiological ecologies will have their own parasites, and will be
equally powerless to shed them.

> interests to destroy all viruses.

Some of the viruses are probably beneficial, at least on the long run
(coevolution boosts fitness).

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